The Bone Labyrinth

The Bone Labyrinth

A Sigma Force Novel

Book - 2015
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"In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years of human history, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins takes us to mankind's next great leap. But will it mark a new chapter in our development. or our extinction? A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today. In the remote mountains of Croatia, an archaeologist makes a strange discovery: a subterranean Catholic chapel, hidden for centuries, holds the bones of a Neanderthal woman. In the same cavern system, elaborate primitive paintings tell the story of an immense battle between tribes of Neanderthals and monstrous shadowy figures. Who is this mysterious enemy depicted in these ancient drawings, and what do the paintings mean? Before any questions can be answered, the investigative team is attacked, while at the same time, a bloody assault is made upon a primate research center outside of Atlanta. How are these events connected? Who is behind these attacks? The search for the truth will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years into the past. As he and Sigma trace the evolution of human intelligence to its true source, they will be plunged into a cataclysmic battle for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe. and beyond. With the fate of our future at stake, Sigma embarks on its most harrowing odyssey ever--a breathtaking quest that will take them from ancient tunnels in Ecuador that span the breadth of South America to a millennia-old necropolis holding the bones of our ancestors. Along the way, revelations involving the lost continent of Atlantis will reveal true mysteries tied to mankind's first steps on the moon. Gray Pierce and his team will face their greatest threat: an ancient evil, resurrected by modern genetic science, strong enough to bring about the end of man's dominance on this planet. Only this time, Sigma will falter--and the world we know will change forever. One of James Rollins's most ambitious stories to date, The Bone Labyrinth combines science, adventure, historical mystery, archaeology, technology, and legend in a brilliantly inventive tale that connects early man and the fate of the Neanderthals, while exploring the evolution of human intelligence from its wellspring to where we, as a species, may be headed next. Full of ingenious twists, it is a pulse-pounding epic from a master storyteller at the pinnacle of his creative powers"--
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062381644
0062381644
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Rol

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rrobichaud65
Sep 19, 2016

This was my first James Rollins, but it will not be the last. Though the story was a bit slow to take off, it got good soon after that. A great mix of intrigue, religion, science, and story line. Looking forward to reading more soon

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bpbiblio
Sep 05, 2016

I’m not a huge fan of action novels, but this one’s a mind blower. Like Dan Brown’s novel “Inferno,” this story is where well researched facts meet the writer’s imagination as a vehicle to send a crucial message to mankind. The facts and theories derived from them make for a very thought provoking journey. The main themes are real and disturbing, like what China is doing now and of the capability we have (or will have shortly) to genetically engineer a super human race and alter our course of evolution. Other thought provoking themes cover age old questions like who or what made us and our universe. I learned not only about several fascinating historical figures, but also about the Mayan culture, and unexplained mysteries of our moon… If you decide to read this book, be sure to check out Rollins’ notes at the end of the story – in this section he delves a little deeper into the sources of his facts and gives the titles of several books for further reading.

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GHSMrWolf
Jun 06, 2016

Easily my favorite of the Sigma Force novels, The Bone Labyrinth will keep you on the edge of your seat. I have never read something that made me feel so many emotions. If you are at all fond of animals and empathetic, you will love this one (and The 6th Extinction). A perfect blend of science fiction and real world truth, Rollins tells a riveting story that your imagination will run wild with. Rollins does such a great job painting a picture with words of the setting in this novel that I couldn't help but research the location of the secret lab further myself. This book made me want to stop reading at times in fear of what I though I might read next, while at the same time making me wish there were 100 more pages. I've never read something that made me want to laugh, cry, cheer, etc. as much as this book did. And to top it all off, there is a bit of a cliff-hanger in reference to a future book at the end, given to us by none other than a super-intelligent Gorilla. Whether you are an animal lover or not, whether you've read any of the Sigma Force novels or not, even if you are not much of a reader, this book truly is a page turner you will not want to put down.

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bheat4141
Feb 01, 2016

As a stand-alone novel, Rollins delivers exactly what you would expect. Fast space and intriguing blend of modern day science with historical mysteries sprinkled with amusing characters and plenty of action.

You pretty much know what you are getting from this series at this point. Ties into a larger theme carried through the novels via the large cast of characters, but in all, the individual story follows the same general outline where you probably know what the outcome is going to be before you get there, but the journey there is still a fun ride.

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AlmadenAFS
Jan 10, 2016

Rollins fans will not be disappointed with The Bone Labyrinth. His full cast of characters are here plus some new ones. A question for a future novel, where's Joe or J-O-E? An inside teaser.

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anneholmquist
Dec 04, 2017

++++ archeological mystery

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